Kanauj is of high antiquity and renown. Founded long before the dawn of the Christian era. it ﬁrst rose to importance in
the sixth century A.D. when it became the capital of the Maukharis and when it grew rapidly in authority and inﬂuence till its conﬂict with later Guptas. This followed Harsa of Thaneswar assuming control or aﬁ‘airs in Kanauj. I-Iarsa’s death plunged Kanauj into anarchy and darkness that lasted for about halfacentury. However, as a result of the protracted campaigns of the next rulers. Pratiharas, Kanauj grew to enormous dimensions carnprising terri- tories as widely apart as Saurasira and North Bengal, Mitgadha and Rajputana till it fell from its high position because of armed adventtires of Mahmud and then
Sihabuddin Ghori. History of Kanauj presents, in short the story of this ancient realm which is full of political vicissitudes and ephemeral grandeur.
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